Finally, at long last, here is the review I have been promising. Or has it really been that long of wait? I suppose if your life depends on this article, it has been a long time, but if this article is just one of the many facets of your life, you’ve probably been a little more patient. I guess it all depends on your perspective.
Perspective. That is what the book The Noticer by Andy Andrews is about. It is interesting that when we look at a given situation, it appears completely different if it has happened to us than if we are looking at the same situation from the outside. Jones knows this. And he communicates that to a whole community. Starting with the protagonist in the story, Andy, who he found under a bridge crying about his lot in life, continuing all the way through grieving widows, couples about to divorce, you name it. In very simple straightforward terms, Jones is able to communicate – with love – some simple truths to help people view their circumstances differently and, most importantly of all, to use that new perspective to make new decisions.
To the successful-but twice divorced- sales person whose mind was filled with self-doubt and failure, always chasing the “hope of ever being happy”:
“I once saw a man’s hat get blown off his head. He chased it into the street and was run over and killed. Funny how a man can lose everything chasing nothing.”
From there Jones explained that for this salesman, worry is his enemy. However, he worries because he is smart. If he wasn’t intelligent, he wouldn’t care-or worry. Worry is nothing more than misdirected creativity. Put that creative talent to use, and everything else will follow.
To the depressed widow who was just waiting, nothing more than that, just waiting to die:
“No matter your age, physical condition, financial situation, color gender, emotional state or belief…everything you do, every move you make, matters to all of us-and forever.” This after a long discussion on how one man rescued a poor child from some very despicable people, that then set up a chain of events that would later end in another person winning the Nobel Prize for saving the lives of over 2 Billion people.
That is what makes this such a good book. There is nothing earthshatteringly new. No “revolutionary secrets”. The main character is just able to take common sense wisdom, mixed with a dose of “lighten up, will ya?” and combine that with real world examples to give people actionable steps to improve their outlook and by nature, their actual situation. Ever spend a couple of hours on a porch with a WWII vet, staring at nothing, talking about nothing in particular, but somewhere he gave you a couple of “a-ha” moments of simple wisdom? This is like that.
It’s not a “polly-anna, feel-good, just think happy thoughts and good things will come” kind of book. Not at all. I hate those books. They are a lie.
This one is a “you are responsible for not only your actions, but your attitude. How you handle that responsibility WILL have tangible, real world effects on your life and the lives of those around you”.
I liked it. I recommend it. It manages to be encouraging without being condescending all in a short “one rainy Saturday” length of read.